Disparities in cancer screening and treatment continue to increase death rates for African-Americans, far above those of other ethnicities.
The American Cancer Society reports that the cancer death rate is 24% higher in African American men and 16 percent higher in African American women than in white men and women, respectively.
Cary B. Aarons, MD, a colon and rectal surgeon at Penn Medicine, discusses some of the obstacles that may keep African-Americans from getting properly screened and diagnosed for effective treatment. He gives an honest look at how pervasive the disparities are for breast, colorectal and prostate cancers in particular, and what African American families can do about it.
Here’s what the discussion covers:
1:05—Top factors contributing to cancer disparities
3:35—Is cancer more aggressive in African-Americans?
5:10—Importance of family health history
7:30—Addressing myths and misinformation
9:15—Steps to reduce cancer risk